Beset with injuries and their toughest schedule in years, Wheaton’s Hockey Crusaders got a slow start in 1976.  However, after winning only one game in the first half of the season, the “Icemen” came on strong with a string of victories in the second half, including a four-game winning streak.  Goalie Larry Gilkerson set the pace for the team, consistently playing well despite the barrage of shots he faced all season.  Bruce Harro, Andy Anderson, captain Jerry O’Neil, and transfer Brian Fathbun played inspired hockey to cover the challenge of limited defense personnel.  Alternate captain Frank Erdman and freshmen Tom Lane and Kevin Meyer formed the team’s high scoring line, with Phil Baur and senior Jim Meyer backing the thrust.  Special thanks go to Jamie Dudman, who skated his fourth year of Wheaton hockey, and to Coach Dick Erickson, who led this young team into a closer realization of what it means to be Christian men, playing hockey for the Lord.

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